Friday, August 19, 2016

HOA NGUYEN ~







Mekong I


River as sift
and sorter


Raw fruits and sell the wares
"Floating market"


Stone    pebble    sand
The silt and new islands


There were 9 months
9 dragons       but they change


as the letter is a triangle
She could be seen as


swan or generalized white
bird      Goddess that ate the earth


How to strand       become
mangroves    stranded

and braid your oiled hair


Vivid swoops that coil
a mouth and canal steered


Row from here to there






Birthday Poem



Illuminated behind a skin

a grey       the sky with fat

fast slants of snow



First Horse poet    This is a birthday

poem    squeaky underfoot

the snow and Jeannine's cookies



I drive husbands and fathers

to early deaths    Push the knife

into the cake to cut it



Me the supposed bringer of ruin

(money)    Covered in fondant and

violet flowers



It's my birthday    My eyes are older




Leave



Mouth       A pictured lip  

in a kiss      What it leaves

out


           Cloaking your mouth

with your hands to say

no more breathing you in



Gather the firm clever thing

from the moment looking away



and the weather quiet

with the turning book



Bark of the trees

you love     then leave



Redbud

Live Oak

Hackberry





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H O A     N G U Y E N

Violent Energy Ingots
Wave Books 2016








1 comment:

donnafleischer said...

Her poems could be violent but these are violet . . . . i love them, too.

Donna